If you are interested in picking up an electric vehicle, but had been concerned they might not be as safe as a more conventional vehicle in a car accident, the IIHS has good news for you. Having tested both the Chevy Volt and the Nissan Leaf, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has awarded both vehicles the “Top Safety Pick” designation. According to the IIHS, the vehicles provide great protection for passengers in both front and side impact tests. Although based on size, the vehicles are considered small vehicles, the crash tests are based on vehicle weight, so these vehicles were tested in more massive impacts than other vehicles of their size. Based on weight, they are comparable to a large family car. The IIHS rating is based not only on their crash test performance, but also on their inclusion of standard electronic stability control.

The Chevy Volt is a plug-in electric hybrid, while the Nissan Leaf is a completely electric vehicle. Both vehicles are designed for full roadworthiness, capable of achieving and maintaining highway speeds, and their crashworthiness shows that they deserve to be on the road with other vehicles, unlike small electric vehicles, such as the GEM e2 or the Wheego Whip, sometimes designated Neighborhood Electric Vehicles (NEVs) or referred to derogatorily as “souped-up golf carts.” When these vehicles were put through side impact crash testing last year, they showed that passengers were likely to suffer serious or fatal car accident injuries.

Although vehicle technology is constantly improving it cannot always protect you from car accident injuries. If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident, the personal injury lawyer of Robert W. Kerpsack, CO, LPA can help. Please contact us today for a free initial consultation.